Why CFA will Vote for Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan?
Politics is one topic I try avoid because I end up arguing passionately about it, so I avoid such situations by simply suppressing my views. Well this time, I have decided to voice out my opinion on why I will vote for Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the presidential election of 16th of April, 2011.
Come 16th of April, 2011, I will proudly stroll into the polling centre nearest to me and cast my vote for no other person than Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan. I am not voting for him because I like his party – the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) no not at all, I am going to vote for him because I believe he has the calmness, brains and a bit of will power (I used a bit of will power because the guy is pretty diplomatic) to move Nigeria ahead.
Before now, I have been a staunch supporter of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) because I admire the two men they are presenting as President and Vice President for their stance and fight against corruption and dictatorship. General Muhammad Buhari and Pastor Tunde Bakare team is likely the best to rescue Nigeria from her present drowning state and save her from this uncompromising plaque called corruption, that has indeed eaten deep into every fabric of our society.
But my support for the opposition started becoming weak after the alliance talks between Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) collapsed a few months ago. My first thoughts were; what the heck is going on? Why can’t these opposition figures compromise to wrestle power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)? For someone else it may not be a big deal but for me the inability to form an alliance and work together means that each party is probably trying to protect some selfish interests.
My respect for Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan grew after he refused to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega based on a report I read from the only likely source of news and information in my opinion – Sahara Reporters. Click here to read the article. This decision ensured that Nigeria had a relatively free and fair election on the 9th of April, 2011, that saw the daughter (Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello) of the Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan’s benefactor , Chief Olusegun Obasanjo lose gallantly – isn’t that a shame to the strong man OBJ himself?
Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan has my vote big time. He is definitely going to be saner that most of the old foxes that have been around re-cycling themselves.
Lesson for the Opposition
The only legal way an opposition party can come to power in Nigeria is simply to work together as a team. As it is now, the other 3 presidential candidates in the opposition will simply split the votes especially in the North and then the rest will be history….. By the way, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has my vote to continue as the Governor of Lagos (and if possible Presidency in 2015)- honestly, I also don’t like his party but I will vote for him even if he moves to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today.
I have made my choice, what is yours? Go out there and vote for the Candidate of your choice.
Long live the Federal republic of Nigeria.